The Development Of Physical Spatial Controllers

Johnson, Bridget and Norris, Michael and Kapur, Ajay

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

This paper introduces recent developments in the Chronus series, a family of custom controllers that afford a performer gestural interaction with surround sound systems that can be easily integrated into their personal performance systems. The controllers are built with the goal of encouraging more electronic musicians to include the creation of dynamic pantophonic fields in performance. The paper focuses on technical advances of the Chronus 2.0 prototype that extend the interface to control both radial and angular positional data, and the controllers’ ease of integration into electronic performance configurations, both for diffusion and for performance from the wider electronic music community.